Herbie's Jazz Breakfast

It was early(ish) on a Sunday, but still the Speigeltent was bursting at the seams without an empty seat.

Treat yourself to a coffee and a croissant and let the jazz vibes lead you easily into your lazy Sunday afternoon.

Herbie Flowers is a multi-talented musician playing double bass, bass guitar and even the tuba. He’s had an illustrious career and played with a plethora of stars including T. Rex, David Bowie, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney. Perhaps he should be knighted himself? I was also very excited to learn that he composed Clive Dunn’s chart topping hit ‘ Grandad’!

Jazz favourites were mixed in with a bit of Gershwin and some musical numbers. This is light entertainment at its best; fun, sing-along jazz and although any age would enjoy the good natured banter and quality musicians, the packed auditorium is definitely made up of a well dressed audience of a certain age.

Joining wise-cracking Herbie is rising star Joe Stilgoe (son of Richard) as pianist and lead singer. Stilgoe is also a founding member of the popular hit troupe, The Horne Section.

Although slightly chaotic (apparently Stilgoe didn’t turn up until it was time to go on stage) with no setlist, the audience were encouraged to shout out requests while the band picked their favourites, making this is both a fun and entertaining high quality show.

Treat yourself to a coffee and a croissant and let the jazz vibes lead you easily into your lazy Sunday afternoon.

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The Blurb

Start your Sunday in style. Come along and enjoy the extraordinary talent of some of the UK’s best jazz musicians. Herbie is one of the most respected and accomplished bass players in the UK. His music career spans six decades and he has worked with many of the biggest names in the music business including Sir Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Sir Elton John, David Essex, Marc Bolan and Dusty Springfield amongst many others.